16 Handles to Open in Washington Heights in February
16 Handles will open its new Washington Heights location this February. Located at 400 Audubon Ave. at the corner of 185th St. and Audubon Ave., the new store will offer another kosher food option to students of the Wilf Campus and to the broader Washington Heights community.
The frozen yogurt franchise confirmed, in an email to The Commentator, that the store projects an opening in February, with an official opening date to be announced soon. “We’re excited to be nearing the end of what we know has been a long wait for our Washington Heights location’s opening,” wrote the email. “We are in the home stretch.”
The email also confirmed that the store will have kosher certification and that it will serve exclusively kosher products. “We’re looking very much forward to being a part of the Washington Heights and Yeshiva community,” the email concluded.
The news from 16 Handles about the Washington Heights store follows several years of difficulties and delays dating back to early 2016. As recently as Sept. 2018, 16 Handles still did not have a definite date for when the Washington Heights store would open, aside from an assurance that it would open in “the very near future.”
“I am excited that 16 Handles is opening,” remarked Ezra Splaver (YC ‘21). “It’s nice to have more food options in the Heights and I think 16 Handles will be a good place to have a study break or to hang out with friends.”
16 Handles is a self-serve frozen dessert shop with over 30 locations in five states — mostly in the Tri-State Area, but also in upstate NY and in Boca Raton, FL. Stores offer a variety of frozen desserts, including frozen yogurt, Fro-Yo cakes, waffle bowls, Fro-Yo sandwiches, take-home pints and toppings to-go, as well as smoothies and shakes.
Other 16 Handles locations include a store near 3rd Ave. and E. 30th St. that students at the Beren Campus frequent, as well as stores in the Upper West Side — one near Broadway and W. 98th St. and another near Amsterdam Ave. and W. 75th St. — that are only a short subway ride away from the Wilf Campus. 16 Handles frozen yogurt was recently featured at the Beren Campus’ student council-sponsored “Cram and Crunch” event during finals.
Photo Caption: 16 Handles will be located at the corner of 185th St. and Audobon Ave.
Photo Credit: The Commentator